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Gailya L. Chapin

Published: Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Gailya L. Chapin

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. – Gailya L. Chapin, 85, of Crossville, formerly of Tampico, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville. She worked as a hairdresser, and later worked at and retired from Self Help Enterprises in Sterling.

Gailya was born Sept. 9, 1928, in Greenville, the daughter of Lee E. Wright and Stella B. (Purvis) Wright. She was united in marriage to Richard S. Chapin on Aug. 9, 1958. She was a member of the Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son, Leslie R. Chapin of Arnold, Maryland; two daughters, Deborah Yantis of Louden, Tennessee, and Lora Horvath of Pipersville, Pennsylvania; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters, Charlene, Ila, and Lucy; and one son, Thomas Lee Chapin. 

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Tampico Memorial Cemetery, with the Rev. Mark Harkness of Walnut United Methodist Church officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. Garland Funeral Home in Tampico is handling arrangements.

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